Ring around the rosie

Two of my favorite flowers are blooming right now: lupine and columbine.


Lupines always reminded me of popsicles when I was a kid. I think it’s the bomb pop-esque shape. Damn it. Now I really want a bomb pop.

I started both of these plants as seeds in my first Winter Sowing experiment a few years ago. I didn’t get any blooms the first year, as expected. Last year, the columbines bloomed almost all summer, but the lupines looked like such pathetic weaklings, I’d pretty much written them off. I think I got three scrawny blooms between four plants.

But this year?

lupine2It’s lupine madness. One plant has about a dozen blooms on it!

(I also learned an interesting lesson today: cold camera that was in the basement studio + steamy outdoor air after a rain = foggy lens. It looks like it’s misty outside in that picture, but it’s actually just condensation on the lens. I had to clear it off about 20 times while I was taking photos!)

columbineHere are my columbines. The seeds were from a mix, so I had no idea what color the blooms would be when I planted them… I just happened to get lucky and these four I planted together all came up in shades of pink. Bonus!

I think I missed my call when it comes to botany… I could look at garden crap on Pinterest all day long. Not to mention spend a fortune on seeds and plants. Read more ›

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What the deuce?

I’ve just finished making the site more “mobile friendly,” and I think I’ve finally ironed out all the wrinkles.

Get it?




Anyway, if you notice anything that looks a little wonky, please let me know – you can either comment on this post or send an email to what.the.craft [at] gmail.com

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Knitting adventures

If you follow my Facebook or Twitter, you may have deduced that I’ve been working on my knitting skillz lately. I tried learning a few years ago, but didn’t get past the basics. I’m determined to get further this time!

I just bought yarn for my first “real” project, this lovely cowl, which is a free pattern from madelinetosh.com:

Last night I knit up a gauge swatch, so today I’m ready to get started with the actual cowl. I just had one worry… how do I estimate the right tail length for casting on 220 stitches? Seems like I could easily mess that up and have to pull out 200 stitches when I run out of tail. So I did some googling and found this tutorial from cocoknits.com:

No more estimating tail length for a long tail CO

Knitters be geniuses!

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How to Sew Fabric Bows – DIY Fashion Tutorial Video

This is a quick and easy step by step tutorial for how to sew a fabric bow.


You can turn your bow into a clip / barrette for your hair or a pin / brooch for clothing, bags, etc.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!  There are lots more tutorials on the way.

how to sewing fabric hair bows

Click here for the video tutorial
or continue reading for the text/photo version of the tutorial.

This tutorial was filmed using a Creative Labs Vado HD Digital Video Camera, a Canon Rebel (for still shots), and edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio.

I made the iridescent blue/pink bow from this awesome fabric from WholePort.com!

Ready? Here we go!

Tools and Materials

  • scrap fabric – my example measures 10″ x 12″.
  • 6″ length of ribbon – 3/8″ wide to 3/4″ wide for this size bow. (Thinner or thicker ribbon might be more appropriate for smaller or larger bows.)
    You can use grosgrain, satin, etc. It’s up to you.
  • scissors
  • high temp glue gun
  • sewing machine or serger
  • binder clip or clothespin
  • fastener of choice: alligator, snap clip, or bobby pin for hair accessories, pinback for a brooch

Step 1

Step 1
Cut a rectangle of fabric twice the width and twice the length of the size of your desired bow. My 10″ x 12″ rectangle of fabric will create a bow that is roughly 5″ x 6″.

If you fold the rectangle in half twice, you can get a good idea of what the end bow size will be.

I use a fairly narrow (1/4″) seam allowance, and I’m not too picky about the bow being slightly smaller than estimated, so I don’t account for seam allowance. If you’re going to use larger seam allowances (1/2″, for example), you may want to account for that when choosing your rectangle size.

Step 2

Step 2

Step 2
Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, lining up the longest sides (in this case, the sides that measure 12″). Pin, if necessary. Read more ›

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